Recently a Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai got Nobel prize for peace. She got intensive publicity from media and admiration all over the world. But, do u know there was a forgotten Pakistani scientist who achieved Nobel prize in 1979 in the field of theoretical physics?
Who was dr Abdus Salam? Why no one discusses his success story? Why Pakistanis disowned him? These are the questions often come to our mind.
Dr. Abdus Salam was a great scientist but only a few people know that he had a great taste in Urdu and English literature. He read books on all topics and wrote several articles on “Ghalib” too.
Home of Dr. Abdus Salam in London has been converted to a museum. All belongings of Dr. Abdus Salam are on display to inspire the new generation and to show the world how simple Dr. Abdus Salam was. He never wore expensive or fancy suits. Books were his only passion.
Dr. Abdus Salam wanted to work for humanity. He wanted to establish an institution for physics research in Pakistan but he, being a member of Ahmadiyya Comunity which the Pakistani government declared non-muslim in 1974, was not allowed to do so. It became tough to establish an institution in Pakistan. So he established an institution in Italy with the name of “International Center for Theoretical Physics”. Approximately 1.5 lac people from third world countries got their degrees from the institution.
Dr. Abdus Salam stayed advisor of Pakistani Govt for science from 1960 to 1974. He played a vital role in establishing SPARCO and Atomic Energy Commission of Pakistan.
When the government of Pakistan declared Ahmadis as non-muslims In 1974, the situation became unfavorable for Ahmadies. As a result, Salam left Pakistan.
Why Dr Abdus Salam Left Pakistan?
Due to being Ahmadi, Dr. Abdus Salam had to leave the country but he stayed the Pakistani citizen till he died. UK, Italy and even India offered him citizenship but he did not leave Pakistani Passport till his last breath.
Although Pakistan forgot him, his services in the field of science cannot be forgotten.